Tanzania: JPM Clears Sports to Restart June 1st

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has picked June 1st this year, as the official date to resume all sports activities in the country, saying by embracing sports, it helps to fight Covid-19 pandemic.

He made the declaration during the swearing in ceremony of newly appointed government leaders held at the State House in Chamwino, Dodoma.

Among other things, he updated the nation about the trend of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“From the trend I have seen, roughly, I am not sure if the country registered any death of a sport person due to Covid-19, simply because by performing sport activities, it really helps to fight coronavirus.

“As a result of this, I declare June 1st as the date to restart all the sport events including the Mainland Premier League, First Division League (FDL), Second Division League (SDL), Military sports and others so that people can effectively take part basing on their preferences,” Magufuli said.

He then directed the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children together with the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to come up with good measures for spectators to enjoy sports, while observing social distancing throughout the transition period.

Again, President Magufuli insisted that there should not be limitations in letting sport events resume, saying even comedy should be entertained from the mentioned date.

“Health experts recommend regular interaction of people as it helps to improve immunity and it also help to fight other diseases apart from the coronavirus,” he said.